Our CSR activities in the UK centre around three key pillars:
- Education: Our efforts include corporate giving and volunteer support for school programmes, and education and mentoring relationships with young people in our local communities.
- Health & Wellbeing (including Disability): We understand the importance of health and wellbeing and seek to provide charitable donations and other activities to support the health of children and adults in our local communities. Furthermore, as a leading provider of disability benefits, we have a strong understanding of the complex challenges created by disabilities in our communities. We are committed to aiding young people and families who are confronting those challenges through charitable donations and volunteering opportunities.
- Arts & Culture: Unum supports organisations that embrace creative expression in our local communities, from displaying public art in our offices to sponsoring local festivals and other cultural and sporting programmes that enhance the community.
We have a proud history of charitable donations throughout the UK and US, as well as supporting many local and national organisations through volunteer activities by our employees. Each year, every Unum employee is allowed 2 working days to carry out volunteering duties for a charity or local community project.
In 2019, staff volunteered nearly 5,000 hours (690 working days) on projects ranging from painting and decorating, landscaping and conservation team challenges to longer-term mentoring partnerships with local schools. Many of our colleagues have also undertaken unpaid work, using their business skills to help organisations with their websites, marketing materials, accounting and auditing, and social media and PR work. We also run a charity trustee development programme for our senior leaders to match them with local charities for board-level volunteering.
Conscious of the impact our operations have on our local environments, we have a comprehensive, company-wide recycling and energy management programme and in early 2020 launched a new Green Team Employee Resource Group. Our aim is to reduce the amount of waste we produce that ends up in landfill, increase our recycling volumes and reduce the amount of energy we consume, helping us to reduce our carbon footprint and operating costs.
Unum is grateful to the many employees who give back to their communities each day. That’s why we created our Matching Gifts programme where we will match employee monetary donations to charities that are aligned with our pillars of giving. We are proud to have received the Gold Payroll Giving Quality Mark every year since 2013, which recognises that at least 10% of our employees donate regularly to charities through payroll.